Vietnam budget airline cuts fares on late flights

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Vietnam's private low-cost carrier VietJetAir is cutting fares by up to 30 percent for new late night flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

It will also add one more daily return flight starting November 11 set to depart from HCMC at 8:50 p.m. and land in Hanoi at 11:30 p.m.

VietJetAir entered the aviation market last December and currently offers 22 flights a day across Vietnam including eight daily return trips between Hanoi and HCMC, and others to Da Nang, Nha Trang and Hai Phong.

It plans to launch services to Vinh, Hue, Phu Quoc, Da Lat, and international destinations in southeast and northeast Asia by year's end, when it will double its fleet of three Airbus aircrafts.

The fleet is to be expanded to 15 by 2015.

Since VietJetAir began flying last December, the airline has suffered several delays due to technical errors.

On September 13 angry customers forced it to buy nearly 100 tickets from competitor Jetstar Pacific after a flight was delayed due to maintenance.

The new airline has tried various promotions including offering tickets for VND10,000 (US$0.48) or VND99,000 ($4.75), taxes and fees not included.

In a controversial promotional campaign, the company was fined VND20 million ($951) for organizing a bikini show on its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang in the central coast on August 3.

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